Kenya Medicine

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where? Nanyuki, Kenya

Volunteering in Kenya is a truly worthwhile experience. On a group trip in medicine, you will get to experience medical care in a developing country, often working with some of the most in need. You are also working in an iconic country, full of beauty, and steeped in culture and tradition.

Gap Year volunteer Medical projects in Kenya
Gap Year volunteer Medical projects in Kenya

As a group, you will have the opportunity to experience a number of medical facilities and departments in local hospitals and clinics. You may have the opportunity to work in family planning and labour wards, and assist with ward rounds where you get to experience a variety of tropical diseases and illnesses you would not experience in your home country. You will take part in a few workshops in, for example, tropical diseases, childhood diseases, and wilderness first aid.

Groups also have the opportunity to take part in medical outreach projects. You could help in a school or orphanage and carry out basic health checks and teach children basic essential hygiene. You may go into a community that has no ready available access to medical care and help treat minor injuries and ailments, and help with vaccinations.

Your experience on a group trip to Kenya will be wide and varied and you will experience a lot. And learn much about medicine and how it is approached in under resourced hospitals. As a group, you will really make a difference, particularly on the outreach programmes.

You will stay in apartments or hostels in Nanyuki, and in your spare time you will get to experience much of the local area, including a Maasai market, and also have the chance to visit some of the iconic countryside, be it a beautiful crystal clear lake, an ancient volcanic crater or a stunning national park. You will also take part in a Swahili workshop where you will learn the basics, as well as some important medical terminology.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

 

Sample Itinerary

  • First week (Click for details)

    DAY TIME ACTIVITY
    Sunday (1) Airport pick up and transfer to accommodation
    Monday (2) 9:00am- 11:00am Office Induction
    11:00am-13:00pm Lunch
    14:00am-16:00pm Town Induction and internet
    16:00pm-17:00pm Drop off
    Dinner at accommodation
    Tuesday (3) 9:00am-11:00pm Workshop at the hospital topic: First Aid
    11:00am-13:00pm Visit rounds of hospital
    13:00pm-14:00pm Lunch
    15:00pm-17:00pm Swahili workshop medical terms
    17:00pm Drop off
    Dinner at accommodation
    Wednesday (4) 8:00am-9:30am Red Cross tour of PGH
    9:30am-12:00pm Assisting with ward rounds and tours of PGH
    12:30pm-14:00pm Lunch
    14:30pm-16:30pm Outreach preparation Workshop
    17.00pm – 18.00pm Traditional dancing
    18.00pm-20:00pm Dinner at restaurant
    20:00pm Drop off
    Thursday (5) 9:00am-16:30pm Medical Outreach Packed lunch
    17:30pm Drop off
    Dinner at accommodation
    Friday (6) 9:00am-16:00pm Wilderness First Aid and evacuation workshop and training
    Accommodation packed lunch
    16:00pm-18:00pm Shopping for safari/internet
    18:00pm Drop off
    Dinner at accommodation
    Saturday (7) Time to be arranged – early! Day trip to Lakes Bogoria and Baringo
    Packed lunch
    Staying the night at accommodation
  • Second week (Click for details)

    DAY TIME ACTIVITY
    Sunday (8) Lake Nakuru Safari
    17.00pm Packed lunch
    Dinner at accommodation
    Monday (9) 9:00am-12:00pm Visit family planning clinic/labour ward / mother + baby clinic
    12:00pm-13:30pm Lunch
    14.00pm-16:30pm Pre + post natal care, family planning workshop
    17:00pm Drop off
    Dinner at accommodation
    Tuesday (10) 9.00am-12:00pm Workshop: Common diseases of children in Kenya
    12:00pm-13:30pm Lunch
    14:00pm-16:30pm First Aid/Wound cleaning in Okoa Mtoto
    17.00pm Drop off
    Dinner at accommodation
    Wednesday (11) 9:00am-12:00pm Maternity Ward rounds/ assisting in Maternity Clinic
    12:00pm-13:30pm Lunch at home
    14:00-18:00 Trip to Thomson Falls
    18:00 Drop off
    Dinner at accommodation
    Thursday (12) 9:00am-11:00am Tropical infectious diseases workshop
    11:00am-13:30pm Ward rounds
    13:30pm- 17:00pm Lunch/ freshen up
    17:30pm – 20:00pm Dinner at restaurant
    20:00pm Drop off
    Friday (13) 9:00am-12:00pm Visiting orphanage to perform wound cleaning/ teeth brushing outreach
    12:00pm-13:30pm Lunch
    13:30pm- 16:00pm Shopping at Masai market
    16:00pm Drop off/packing
    Dinner at accommodation
    Saturday (14) Airport drop off

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